By Jove, Holmes!
No, Doctor Watson, Holmes isn't by Jove. It's in Perseus!
Mary and I were outside from about 1:15 to 2:45 this morning, being dazzled. And my camera was reminding me that it was limited to a 4-second max exposure and wouldn't give me a focus on anything.
Temperature was in the 50s F. The sky was crystal clear, enough for us to see the Milky Way. And:
So that's stars, a planet, a nebula, a galaxy, meteors, and a comet, after the Moon had set.
Wednesday's St. Petersburg Times contained a small item about comet 17P/Holmes. That sent me to Sky and Telescope online, which has this article about a comet that has suddenly brightened, enough to be visible to the naked eye if you know where to look.
I knew Holmes was in Perseus. Mary found it first on all three counts -- naked eye, binoculars, and telescope. Seen with the naked eye, Holmes was a dim little fuzz.
Then I looked at it through the binoculars and said, "Oh. My. God."
This image by Bryan Lashley is almost identical to what I saw.
Shortly before 3 AM we finally came back inside and shared some celebratory hot cocoa before bed.
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